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Resin Bees recycled Black and Yellow Mud Dauber nest

Megachilidae

Description:

Mud nest under rock less than one foot from the ground. There are two rows of holes where the inhabitants exited. The last image shows there is a pile of mud underneath the nest. According to Bug Guide, "This is a Sceliphron caementarium [Black and Yellow Mud Dauber] nest that has been reused by resin bees (Megachilidae)."

Habitat:

Rocky area on top of hill above Lake Hodges.

Notes:

Ava, I remembered the mission! ;)

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7 Comments

Thank you Ava and Doreen! I didn't realize that Sergio's spotting was a recycled nest. Very cool!

doreen.chambers.14
doreen.chambers.14 6 years ago

Great discovery.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 6 years ago

Cindy, how great that you could get this identified. Animals DO recycle; here's Sergio's Oven Bird nest being built, but finally being checked out by a Saffron Finch which will move in when the Oven Birds have raised their babies. http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/770...

Yay, I got a response about this nest. Even animals recycle! "This is a Sceliphron caementarium [Black and Yellow Mud Dauber] nest that has been reused by resin bees (Megachilidae)."

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 6 years ago

Very unusual!

;)

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 6 years ago

Yes you did; beautiful!

San Diego, California, USA

Spotted on Jan 28, 2014
Submitted on Jan 29, 2014

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